Padbury Newsletter

Issue #12 - 8 August 2019

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8 August 2019 - Bishop's Test Year 3 & 5 @ 9am

9 August 2019 - Sausage Sizzle Day / Communion Retreat Year 4 @ 9am / Prayer Assembly Year 3 @ 2:30pm

10-11 August 2019 - Holy Communion Masses Year 4 @ 11am

12-16 August 2019 - Science Week

13 August 2019 - Year 5 Mass

14 August 2019 - Performing Arts Festival Year 6 Christian Drama

15 August 2019 - PPPF & Kindy Wallabies Worm Incursion @ 10am / Assumption of Mary Mass @ 2pm

16 August 2019 - Merit Award Assembly

19-23 August 2019 - Book Week 2019

20 August 2019 - Performing Arts Festival: Year 1 & 6 Sacred Choral Singing / Year 3 Liturgy @ 11:15am

21 August 2019 - Book Week Parade @ 9am / Board Meeting @ 5:30pm / P&F Meeting @ 7pm

23 August 2019 - Sausage Sizzle Day / Prayer Assembly Year 1 @ 2:30pm


Dear Parents

Please keep the Year Four children in your prayers as they take part in their First Holy Communion Retreat and receive the Sacrament of the Eucharist this coming weekend the 10 and 11 August. Thank you to Mrs Woodall and Mrs Barry for preparing the children so beautifully for this special sacrament in which they receive Jesus for the very first time.

Mary MacKillop is Australia’s first saint. Mary was born in Victoria in the 1800s and devoted her life to teaching children. She believed everyone, no matter how rich or poor should have the chance to learn. Along with Fr Julian Tennison Woods, Mary MacKillop set up many schools. She also founded an order of nuns called the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart, who continue to do the good work of Mary. Mary died on August 8 1909 (her feast day). She was canonised a saint on 17 October 2010. As we celebrate her feast day this week, let us remember some of the words she lived by:

Never see a need without doing something about it

Whatever troubles may be before you, accept them bravely, remembering Whom you are trying to follow. Do not be afraid. Love one another, bear with one another, and let charity guide you all your life. God will reward you as only He can.

Find happiness in making others happy

Next Thursday afternoon, 15 August at 2pm, we celebrate our whole school mass for the Assumption of Mary. This is a Holy Day of Obligation and we will be celebrating a whole school mass for all the children (Pre-Primary-Year 6) in our School Hall. Please come and join us. Mary was a very special person in every sense of the word. She was the Mother of Jesus and as such was born without original sin. As a fitting reward for the life she dedicated so wonderfully to God, she was taken up to Heaven, body and soul, when the course of her life on earth was finished.

‘Almighty, ever-living God, you raised to eternal glory the body and soul of the Immaculate Virgin Mary, Mother of Your Son. Grant that our minds may always be directed heavenward and that we may deserve to share her glory. Amen’.

I was fortunate to attend the Catholic Education Office of WA LEAD Award ceremony this morning where Padbury Catholic Primary School was acknowledged for our Parent Powered Playground in the Kindy area.

Our P&F are as busy as ever. This week the children will be able to enjoy a nice delicious sausage sizzle for lunch on Friday. Thank you to Sheree Merry and Cindy Aquino for their continual hard work in co ordinating these days and to their band of helpers. It is truly appreciated.

The Extraordinary Father League has a Poker Night coming up on the

23 August at the Forrest Park Community Hall. Thanks to Simon Pearce and his team of helpers who organise these wonderful events for the fathers in our school community. Please see the P&F section for further details.

As of this term we have expanded our Pre-Kindy programme. Pre-Kindy now runs every Tuesday and every Thursday. Once children turn 3 years of age they can attend Pre-Kindy.

In Pre-Kindy we nurture creative and active minds, healthy bodies and happy hearts all in a safe and secure environment. Our little ones learn through imaginative, cognitive and sensory play, both the indoors and outdoors. Our little ones learn to socialise, take turns and are introduced to basic routines and rituals.

We focus on the three key concepts of the Early Years Learning Framework of Being, Becoming and Belonging. There is always lots of fun to be had including activities such as cooking, story and singing time and 'Walk of the Week' through the school, where our little ones visit the chickens, the prayer garden, the library and other areas of the school. This helps our little ones to develop that sense of 'belonging' to a larger community.

Places are filling up quickly so if you have a child who is 3 years old or soon turning 3 years of age or have friends, neighbours or relations with children ready for Pre-Kindy, please contact the school office as soon as possible to enrol for this year or for 2020 and beyond.

It has been wonderful chatting with lots of parents in the morning as I do my daily ‘meet and greet’ at the front of the school and some of our conversations have recently centered on what are some good websites to go to for parenting tips. When we become parents we are never given a manual on parenting so thank goodness for such people as Maggie Dent and Lenore Skenazy who provide some sage advice on topics such as self-regulation, anxiety, building resiliency, raising boys, screen time, sleep issues etc. I hope you find the websites helpful.

Enjoy the weekend with your families.

Margaret Williamson




First Communion

Our Year 4 Students make their First Holy Communion this weekend. Please keep these students, their families, and teachers, in your prayers over this very special weekend. Good luck Year Four!

Assumption of Mary Mass

On Thursday of next week (Thursday, 15 August) we will have a whole school Mass to celebrate the Feast of the Assumption. Mass will be at 2pm in the school Hall, and will be celebrated by Fr Cyp. Parents are more than welcome to join us for this Mass.


Today our Year Three and Five students completed the Bishop's Religious Literacy Assessment online. The testing ran smoothly, and reports will be available from the Catholic Education Office later in the year. Well done Year Three and Five!


Morning PRocedures

Thank you to the community for your support with our new morning procedure of students waiting in the undercover area until class doors open at 8:30am. Student safety and duty of care is of the utmost important at Padbury Catholic, and this new system ensures we are taking a proactive approach to ensure students are supervised before the school day begins.

A reminder that when students arrive at school they are required to hang their bag up outside their classroom, and then move to the undercover area (where a teacher will be supervising) until 8:30am, when the teacher will dismiss students to their classrooms.

Thought for the week

Have a wonderful fortnight ahead!

Ryan von Bergheim

Assistant Principal

School Fees

Final School Fee Statements were sent home during week 2, Term 3.

We would appreciate final payment of Fee accounts by 27 September, unless you are on a regular payment plan.

Thank you to the many families who are continuing to pay off their 2019 School Fees.

We would like to remind parents that if you are withdrawing your child from Padbury Catholic Primary School, the school requires one Terms notice otherwise fees are payable. This is in line with other Catholic schools.

School Fee Policy, Terms and Conditions of Enrolment can be found on the school webpage

If you require further information or need to discuss your school fee account, please phone Mrs Denise Davis, 9404 4000, or email


Book Week 2019

Time to get your costumes ready - Book Week is just around the corner. We will be celebrating our “Secret Powers” in week 5 with the annual Book Week Parade.

Wednesday 21 August, 9am in the Hall

Book Week Incursion “Big Dreams” will be held on Tuesday 27, August

9am Years 4-6

11am Pre-Primary-Year 3

For a complete list of the CBCA shortlisted books click on this link:


The Kindy classes have returned to school but no Gingerbread Man to be seen. Our class has been looking for him on the holidays and have managed to spot him following some of our staff. Let’s hope he will return.

Our inquiry based learning continued this term as we shared the story of Noah’s Ark and asked the question how would the Gingerbread Man last if he got across the river without the help of the sneaky fox?

We trialed an experiment of different liquids in the hope of finding one that would help him and we amazed at what we discovered.

This term we have immersed ourselves in shop play and even dabbled in carrot letter writing! Fishing for sounds in words, body and food care along with a new setting for our gingerbread story board!

We look forward to sharing more in the coming weeks.

The Kindy Team


Science Week 2019 is just around the corner. The theme for this year is ‘Destination Moon: more missions, more science’. It aims to inspire students about space science just as the Apollo program to the Moon did in the 1960’s and 1970’s. Next week in all our Science classes the children will be involved in some fun STEM challenges, relating to this theme. Our Science lab will be a hive of activity with lots of creating and building. Plus there will be colouring in competitions, word searches and quizzes for the children to complete.

There are also Science Week events being held in the community. To find out more about these visit

Britt Ewen and Danielle Roberts

Science Teachers


Due to Performing Arts preparations, please note changes this term for music clubs.

One Big Voice Choir: Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8:15am in the hall (Years 4, 5 and 6 only).

“Small Choir” Mondays at 8:10am in the hall (selected students).

Guitar Club: Resumes on Monday, 2 September.

Choir: Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 Resumes on Wednesday, 4 September.

Boy Choir: Resumes on Thursday, 5 September.

Congratulations to these students representing our school and sharing their talents at the Performing Arts Festival in the Bible Reading and Piano Sections.

FOR SALE...brand new vinyl guitar bags, full and 3/4 sizes only $10 each. Contact Sylvia Cusack in the hall or by email....

Sylvia Grigoroff-Cusack

Music Teacher


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Teacher Wellness Staff Appreciation

Teachers appreciate being appreciated, for teachers appreciation is their highest award (William Prince)

Teacher Wellbeing is pivotal in the care of our children and the community. This semester we are offering a glimpse into the lives of our amazing teachers, support staff and those who work in our school community. All bring a certain quality and essence to their work that has been inspired by someone or an experience that left them wanting to teach or work with children. Each newsletter we will be providing a sharing from our various staff on what bought them to teaching? What was the spark that made them feel the call to work in this caring and giving profession? What keeps the spark alive year later?

Enjoy these snapshots as we celebrate and appreciate our Padbury Catholic Community Staff.

The Wellness Team



Where and when was the impulse or spark given to you to come into teaching/work in school?

I had some amazing primary school teachers myself (Mrs Chimes in Year 3 and Mr Pedwell in Year 6 & 7) who I still distinctly remember, even over 25 years later! They inspired and drove me to be a high achiever and believe that I was capable of anything I set my mind to. Being that inspiring person for others had always been in the back of my mind, so after a few years of travelling after high school, I decided it was time to put that plan into action.

What keeps this spark alive years later?

As teachers, we are very easily pleased. Every time a child gives me a big excited grin, happy to see me when I greet them at the door in the morning, it reminds me of why I do what I do. When kids surprise themselves at what they're capable of and have that look of pride in themselves, when they tell you how much you mean to them, when they finally get their head around something they've been working really hard on, when they're desperate for Mum to email you about something that's happened that they want to share; these are all times that cement the reasons why I became a teacher.



Where and when was the impulse or spark given to you to come into teaching/work in school?

When my own children started primary school, I really enjoyed being in the school environment. I noticed a friendly, caring environment, quite different to my previous employment ; 8 years as a Business Proprietor in hospitality and 10 years working in the a Banking sector in the city.

I enjoyed being with like-minded people who valued children’s education and wanted to show my own children that volunteering and showing an interest in education was vital in making them happy which in turn leads to enjoyment of learning.

What keeps this spark alive years later?

To work with a team of talented educators and support staff, doing the best they can for student learning. Every person has a story to tell, I feel it is my job to listen, encourage and support everyone I come into contact with. Respect and Togetherness, two of our core values is of utmost importance to me and I feel honoured to be a part of this community. I enjoy interacting with the students (when I get the chance to leave my office), and still enjoy watching them grow throughout their primary school years.

As I have been working at Padbury Catholic Primary School for 20 years, I now see students coming back to enrol their own babies, which warms my heart and makes me admire the Catholic Education in WA.

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School Disco

The next school disco will be held in week 7 on Friday 6, September 2019.
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Catholic School Parents WA Message

Please find below a letter to all parents from Catholic School Parents WA Inc.


Altar Server Training

Please be advised that if children are interested in becoming Altar Servers within the Parish, they will need to be in Year Four or above, after they have made their First Holy Communion. Our next new Altar Servers training is on Saturday, 7 September at 10am in the church. Look out for details in the parish bulletin closer to this date.

Mass Times

Our Lady of The Mission Whitford Parish

270 Camberwarra Drive, Craigie WA 6025

Phone: 9307 2776 I Fax: 9402 4319


Website :

Weekend Masses

Saturday – 8.30am; 6.30pm
Sunday – 8.00am; 9.30am; 11.00am; 5.45pm

Weekday Masses

Monday – 7.00am & 9.00am (Chapel)
Tuesday – 7.00am & 9.00am (Chapel)
Wednesday – 7.00am (Chapel); 9.00am (Church)
Thursday – 7.00am & 9.00am (Chapel)
Friday – 7.00am (Chapel); 9.00am (Church)


The Council for Australian Catholic Women (Perth)


The Council for Australian Catholic Women (Perth) invite women to join us and Rabbi Sheryl Nosan to “re-view” women and the Bible.The roles of women in the scriptures are varied and complex and include women as challengers, change agents, and as inspiration for those working towards greater understanding and equality of ministry.

Wednesday 21 August 2019, 6-9pm in the Staff Room Trinity College, 2 Trinity Ave, Perth.

Light refreshments will be served from 6.00-6.30pm.

Parking is available and the Red & Yellow CAT buses travel to Hale Street.

RSVP by 18 August: Email Phone 08 9397 5988 SMS 0400 886 835.